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This was a tense. entertaining encounter; Carlisle had a 100% record against Old Brods, so it was always going to be a cut and thrust affair with the host side looking to redeem past defeats.
Both sides opened with vigour, Carlisle conceding two early penalties to put pressure on themselves, being six nil down after eight minutes. But, there was much more purpose about Carlisle than has been evident in recent weeks. Although their pack was largely dominant they had difficulty turning superiority into points. But, on twenty five minutes, the ball found its way to Martin Brodie out on the right who powered his way throughout to touch down on the right. The effort went unconverted.
The right to control the match was hard fought over the ensuing minutes; Old Brodleians scored an unconverted try and that was followed by heavy pressure on the home line, with young flanker Tom Ritchie making his mark with a try between the sticks. Grant Connon improved and the city side went into the break with a slender one point advantage.
After the turn around Connon added a penalty after three minutes before the home side reclaimed their lead with a try ten minutes later. Chris Harris was put through by Grant Connon for a try but the former was unable to convert.
Harris was lost to the cause for the last ten minutes when he was “binned” for allegedly being persistently offside. Brods added two tries, one converted.
A good effort but not enough for the league points!
RESULT: 28 pts v 11 pts
HALF TIME SCORE: 11 pts v 12 pts
Tries: Tom Ritchie (1), Martin Brodie (1), Chris Harris (1)
Cons: Grant Connon (1).
Pens: Grant Connon (1).
STARTING XV & REPLACEMENTS:
15 Lewis Boyd
14 Martin Brodie
13 Chris Harris (Jack Oddie)
12 Barry Earl
11 Matt Minett
10 Grant Connon
9 Max Connon
1 Steve Stamper
2 Tom Graham
3 Martin McGimpsey (Eddie Faulder)
4 Mark Barron (Capt)
5 Dan Smithson (Paul Halliday)
6 Tom Ritchie (Dan Smithson)
7 Bobby Sherlock
8 James Merton
16 Eddie Faulder
17 Paul Halliday
18 Joe Blaylock
PICK OF THE PACK: James Merton
BEST OF THE BACKS: Max Connon
NEXT MATCH: ON 12/03/2011 Carlisle V Old Crossleyans. KICK OFF 3.00pm